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Jonathan Wienke
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« on: November 11, 2005, 02:00:24 PM »
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I've enlisted in the U.S. Army as a medic, and will be shipping out to boot camp January 4, 2006. My participation in these forums will be limited until I ship out, as I'll be getting ready for my new life and moving from California to Texas, and once I ship out, I'll be offline completely for about 2 months.
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 02:21:38 PM »
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Huh, here we barely get our boards back, and you're leaving.

But it's certainly good that you go as a medic, I really respect that!

My best wishes for you and those you'll encounter during your time as a medic.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005, 02:43:53 PM »
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That's great. The Army takes a bad rap; it can actually be intensely interesting. Don't worry too much about basic training (look at the people who make it through.) One tip though -- the enlistment stuff will tell you that you don't need to bring money, or to only bring x dollars. Take about 10x, or more. You'll be amazed at the things you'll find to spend it on.

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005, 02:51:21 PM »
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I've enlisted in the U.S. Army as a medic, and will be shipping out to boot camp January 4, 2006. My participation in these forums will be limited until I ship out, as I'll be getting ready for my new life and moving from California to Texas, and once I ship out, I'll be offline completely for about 2 months.
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Good luck, Jonathan. We will miss you here on the forum during those two months.
I look forward to hearing about it when you get your mile under 8 minutes.  

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2005, 03:55:18 PM »
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I wouldn't say that I completely agree with the politics of the US, or that I approve of the war. Yet I respect ehe people that are willing to do what it takes for what they believe. And moreso do I respect those who go to help others, especially as a medic (I myself want to become a doctor and would greatly like to hear of your experiences when you get back).

Best of luck to you and yours, and we will miss you on the forums.

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005, 04:54:58 PM »
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I've enlisted in the U.S. Army as a medic, and will be shipping out to boot camp January 4, 2006. My participation in these forums will be limited until I ship out, as I'll be getting ready for my new life and moving from California to Texas, and once I ship out, I'll be offline completely for about 2 months.
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Good luck and God Speed, my friend. Keep in touch!
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2005, 05:57:08 PM »
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Thank you all for your replies. You can follow my progress and adventures in the Army by clicking the My Army Experience link in my sig.
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2005, 07:35:24 PM »
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Jonathan, best wishes in your new endeavor.  

By the way, I'm just curious, and you need not reply, but how old are you?  I would have guessed that you were a little old to be just joining the military.  In any event, I admire your willingness to enlist as a medic and help our soldiers.
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2005, 07:41:28 PM »
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Good luck with the training and wherever you get sent. I guess we will be looking out for an updated version of MASH to get a good look at where you are working.

Remeber to pack a camera wherever you go...just because you are taking a paid holiday in the army doesn't mean that you can't practice the dark arts.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2005, 07:54:12 PM »
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Best Wishes on the new adventure!

Time to pack the 1D Mark II into the closet and invest in a Leica M3 with a 35mm lens. I'm sure you could sneak it past the Army minders...

Your posts here will be missed.
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2005, 08:08:26 PM »
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Best of luck to you, Jonathan.  You'll be sorely missed here.  Come back to LL when you can.

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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2005, 08:28:06 PM »
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Good luck! Jonathan. Do I take it there are no openings for photographers in the US Army? It'll probably be a welcome change from photographing weddings   .
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2005, 08:50:35 PM »
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May God be with you on your journey Jonathan!
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2005, 09:27:16 PM »
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good luck jonathan, quite commendable. looking forward to reading and seeing about your experiences!
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2005, 01:22:19 AM »
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On reflection, Jonathan, this all seems a little bizarre. I've never done national service or been enlisted in any way, but your outspoken manner would seem to me to be likely to get you into trouble in the US Army. Have you considered this?
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2005, 05:15:11 AM »
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Good luck Jonathan! Keep us posted on your new job and don't forget to visit us on this forum.
Stay safe.
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2005, 01:02:01 PM »
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Good luck and look after yourself. I did my bit in uniform when I was young and foolish, that you're volunteering to do it at your age when you've got sense in your head says a lot about you. Good for you.
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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2005, 05:06:31 PM »
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On reflection, Jonathan, this all seems a little bizarre. I've never done national service or been enlisted in any way, but your outspoken manner would seem to me to be likely to get you into trouble in the US Army. Have you considered this?
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I did 4 years in the Air Force, so getting along in the military is not something new to me. You can gripe all you like, as long as you choose the appropriate time and place to do so. You just have to be a bit more creative about it when it involves your superiors...

I'm 35 years old, so I'd be at the high end of the age scale except for the fact that time spent in active duty does not count toward your age for re-enlistment purposes. So as far as the Army is concerned, I'm only 31.

Anyway thanks for the support. Regarding the Leica, I think an LX-1 and a few memory cards would accomplish the same goal with less weight and bulk, and without the issue of finding film and procesing sevices in remote areas. I don't plan on getting rid of the 1D-MkII anytime soon in any event.
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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2005, 10:56:19 PM »
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Jonathan,

I read on your 'my army experience' forum about your physical training. You improvements are really impressive. I wish that I could make such leaps in my physical abilities. As someone who is also in the process of conditioning I know that it is a grueling task. I sympathise and you have my support. Keep up the good work.

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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2005, 07:51:11 AM »
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All the best, I hope some camera gear makes it into your duffle bag.
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